The fan favorite Ginebra Kings are languishing in the doldrums.
They just lost their fifth straight game.
Theyre averaging about 21 turnovers per game against 19 assists. That means they turn the ball over more than they actually find someone in good scoring position.
Their scoring has dipped from 104.0ppg in their first two games to just 80.4ppg in their last five matches.
Oh, and Dylan Ababou just went down with an ACL tear. Hes out for the better part of the next year.
His name is added to a sick bay list that already has Kerby Raymundo, Allein Maliksi, and Jayjay Helterband.
With all these curveballs going the Kings way, whod want to be Siot Tangquincen?
This isnt really meant to pick apart the reasons why the Kings are in a tailspin. They have a deep, if depleted, roster. Mark Caguioa is still there. LA Tenorios healthy. Rudy Hatfield, Willy Wilson, Mike Cortez, and Rico Maierhofer are all solid. Keith Jensen and Chris Ellis are two athletic young uns who should be match-up nightmares for anyone.
But theyre losing, and losing BAD. Three of their five losses have been double-digit defeats. Their second win of the season (against Rain or Shine last October 7) was a 4-point nail-biter.
Only the Batang Pier are worse, and thats not saying much. That might just be good news, however, as Ginebra faces the rookie franchise next. The Kings have a golden chance to redeem themselves in that game, but then they face a trifecta of terrors in Talk N Text, Alaska, and Rain or Shine.
The fan favorite Gin Kings are in the doldrums, and they might stay there a little longer.
Game Recaps: BARAKO BULL ENERGY COLAS over GLOBAL PORT BATANG PIER, 95-94
Ronal Tubid made up for his booboo in a previous play and converted the go-ahead to lead Barako Bull to a pulsating 95-94 win over GlobaPort in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
After missing a point blank attempt, Tubid received a pass from a falling Sean Anthony after a wild scramble for the loose ball. The wingman from Iloilo hit an undergoal basket with 18.1 seconds left in the game to push Barako Bull.
I told Ronald before the scramble, instead of passing, step up to the plate. This is his game. Hes our No. 1 guy in the shooting guard position, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The Batang Pier had a chance to steal the game, but Josh Vanlangdingham missed a three-pointer as time expired. The Energy Colas snapped a three-game losing streak to push their win-loss mark to 3-5.
Medyo struggling ang team. Hopefully this win can prop up us especially Josh (Urbiztondo). We need Josh in our team, said Barako Bull coach Junel Baculi.
The problem is we have to improve our offensive sets. We cant rely much on Rico (Villanueva) on the post because teams are scouting us. We need to inject some variations in our offense.
Tubid led the Energy Colas with 19 points, but almost turned into a goat after his late miss. Villanueva added 18 points while Mick Pennisi and Leo Najorda contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for Barako Bull.
GlobalPorts loss spoiled Mark Yees 20-point performance, one shy of matching the career-high he set two years ago. Willie Miller had 17 points in 43 minutes, but missed a crucial attempt before Tubids basket.
BAR 95- Tubid 19, Villanueva 18, Pennisi 13, Najorda 11, Anthony 9, Urbiztondo 9, Yap 9, Kramer 4, Alvarez 3, Ballesteros 0 GLO 94- Yee 20, Miller 17, Manuel 12, Deutchman 11, Lingganay 10, Vanlandingham 7, Vergara 7, Al-Hussaini 5, Antonio 3, Adducul 2, Mandani 0, Guevarra 0 QS: 22-18, 49-48, 77-74, 95-94
RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 106-81
Rain or Shine caught Meralco on a bad night and posted an emphatic 106-81 win in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters defense took the energy out of the Bolts early, allowing them to coast to the much-needed victory to join Alaska at second spot with a 5-2 win-loss mark.
One way to redeem ourselves coming off a loss (against Talk N Text) was to play our best game against the hottest team, said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.
But Im really surprised we beat them in the manner we beat them today. We just got our rhythm both on offense and defense and were able to run our breaks.
The 25-point margin was the teams most since its 113-83 demolition of Air 21 last March 16 in the Commissioners Cup.
Jireh Ibanes led all scorers with 23 points and was Guiaos main defensive weapon on Meralcos deadly backcourt of Mac Cardona and Sol Mercado.
Beau Belga added 16 points, Ryan Arana had 15, while JR Quinahan contributed 10 in a balanced attack for the Elasto Painters, who led by much as 33 points, 94-61, midway in the fourth.
Cardona finished with 20 but Mercado struggled with nine points on 3-of-14 shooting from the field.
We were ready to play match up against their top three guards, Sol, Mac and Ronjay (Buenafe), said Guiao. We did not let them get their usual confidence and rhythm in their past four wins and I think thats the key.
Buenafe, a member of the Rain or Shine squad that won the Governors Cup last season, had a quiet 11-point output in his first game against his former team.
Meralco rookie Cliff Hodge had nine points, most of which were scored in garbage time, and 14 rebounds, 10 off the offensive end, but was plagued with foul trouble throughout the game. The Bolts record fell to 4-3.
SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 78-68
San Mig Coffee pulled off a masterful 78-68 win against undermanned Barangay Ginbera San Miguel to share the second spot with two other teams in the finale of a rare triple-header in the 2013 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday before 19,718 fans at the jam-packed SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
The Coffee Mixers found the right mix early in the game, while the Gin Kings never found its rhythm to absorb their fifth straight defeat after starting the tournament with back-to-back wins.
The win shoved San Mig Coffee into a triple tie for the No. 2 position in the standings with Rain or Shine and the streaking Alaska with identical 5-2 win-loss records.
Joe Devance fired a game-high 18 points, including back-to-back three-pointers that helped the Mixers pull away. They erected their biggest lead at 73-51 with 7:30 remaining in the game.
Ginebra never had a serious run since.
James Yap added 14 points while Peter June Simon and Marc Pingris contributed 13 and 11, respectively, for San Mig Coffee.
We played a great defensive game plan. There were times that Ginebra could shoot us on the foot but they missed lay-ups. Their layups wont fall and it happens when you lose some games, said San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone.
We did play good defensively, although [we got] a little sloppy in the fourth. But were sharp defensively.
Already without Kerby Raymudo (flu), Ginebra lost another player in Dylan Ababou in the first half due to a suspected torn ACL. Gin Kings coach Siot Tanquingcen did not utilize Jayjay Helterbrand (hamstring) and Allein Maliksi (ankle injury) who were also nursing injuries in the game.
It is Ginebras longest losing streak since dropping five straight in the elimination round of the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
Mark Caguioa led the Gin Kings with 16 points while LA Tenorio and Chris Ellis added 12 and 11, respectively.
D-League: Jeruta sparks late rally as Cafe France extends semis - 21 hours ago
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Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' sa... [read more]
Aaron Jeruta (173-G) emerged as the spark Cafe France badly looked for, helping the Bakers nab an 86-75 Game 2 victory over Racal on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and extend their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup semifinals series. The veteran guard unloaded 10 of his 18 points in the fourth period as the Bakers fired a 16-4 finishing kick to steal the game from the Tile Masters. 'Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He's the only veteran in the team and this was his breakthrough game,' said coach Egay Macaraya. Jeruta also had six assists and four rebounds in the win, providing the help Macaraya begged from his locals for Congolese big man Rodrigue Ebondondo Tambwe (198-C/F). Ebondo paced Cafe France with 25 markers, 22 boards, and six blocks, while John Carlo Casino (178-G) added nine points. Paul Desiderio had a bad shooting night from the field, going on a 3-of-8 from the field, but drilled the pivotal trey with 1:07 left to push the Bakers to a comfortable 79-75 lead, after battling back from a 57-43 deficit in the third quarter. Game 3 is on Tuesday at the same venue. Rey Nambatac (179-G-94) topped Racal with 14 points, nine rebounds, and six assists, while Jackson Corpuz (193-F) and Allan Mangahas (180-PG) both had 12 in the loss. Courtesy of: inquirer.net
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) landed experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV). He used to play atNew York Knicks in the NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like... [read more]
Talk N Text Ka Tropa (PBA) landed experienced 35-year old American power forward Louis Amundson (206-104kg-82, college: UNLV). He used to play at New York Knicks in the NBA. In 2006 Amundson was drafted by Great Falls Explorers (CBA) in third round (23rd overall). He attended University of Nevada - Las Vegas and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball. Amundson received All-D-League Rookie of the Year award back in 2007. He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like New Orleans Pelicans, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz. Amundson is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at TNT Ka Tropa. Amundson's game is described as:
A strong athlete who runs the floor well, crashes the boards, and plays with lots of energy. An explosive leaper, who can beat
taller players for putbacks.
Phelps number one in Philippines for round 1 - 3 days ago
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American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anyth... [read more]
American Forward Eugene Phelps (198-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Phoenix, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 26-year old player had a double-double of 53 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out Blackwater (#9, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 118-116. Phoenix is placed at 4th position in Filipino PBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Phoenix won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Phelps had a remarkable 61.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Phoenix and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Former Long Beach State University star has very solid stats this year. Phelps is league's best scorer averaging so far 53.0ppg. Phelps is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 21.0rpg) and averages impressive 5.0bpg and 61.3% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Greg Smith (198-F-91) of Blackwater. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 37 points and 30 rebounds. Bad luck as Blackwater was edged by Phoenix (1-0) 118-116. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Blackwater and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 37.0ppg (#2). He also registered 30.0 boards per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Cory Jefferson (206-F-90) of Alaska Aces (#3). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Alaska Aces, leading his team to a 107-79 easy win against Globalport (#10, 0-1). Alaska Aces has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Jefferson also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Jefferson as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. James White (203-F-93) of Mahindra - 29 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Wayne Chism (206-PF-87) of NLEX RW - 27 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Rain or Shine - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87) of Meralco Bolts - 18 points and 24 rebounds 8. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87) of Globalport - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists 9. Alex Mallari (193-G/F-87) of Mahindra - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists 10. Chris Newsome (187-G) of Meralco Bolts - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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